In an interview with Kumasi-based Wontumi FM, Bechem United coach Kasim Ocansey Mingle has suggested that there are some home-based players on standby for the Ghanaian national team, the Black Stars, for the upcoming AFCON 2023 qualifiers.
Although no local players were included in Chris Hughton’s initial 24-man squad, Mingle indicates that the coach is closely monitoring certain local talents and may make last-minute decisions regarding their inclusion.
The Black Stars are set to travel to Madagascar on June 18, 2023, for a crucial AFCON match. Mingle reveals that the local players are being observed and that the coaching staff is being cautious about introducing them to the national team. They have been placed on standby and will be called up to replace any foreign player who is unable to join the team.
Furthermore, Mingle explains that if these players are not needed for the national team, they will be utilized to strengthen the Black Stars B squad. If they perform well, they may eventually earn a promotion to the senior national team.
Currently, Ghana sits at the top of Group E in the AFCON qualifiers, having accumulated 8 points. The team has secured victories against Madagascar and Angola, along with draws against Central African Republic and Angola in the initial four matches. After the Madagascar clash, the Black Stars will conclude their qualifiers with a final home game against the Central African Republic in September.
Excitement is building as Ghana aims to maintain its impressive form and secure qualification for next year’s tournament in Ivory Coast.